With Lionel Messi's future at FC Barcelona still up in the air, Blaugrana legend Samuel Eto'o feels the Argentina can choose to do whatever he wants next as "football owes it to him".
With his current contract set to expire at the end of this month, many in the footballing world are anxiously awaiting Messi's decision as to whether he will leave Barcelona or stay at the Camp Nou.
When former Barca striker and Cameroon icon Eto'o was asked about the 33-year-old's future at the club during a recent interview, he once again lauded the Argentina captain.
"I know that Messi loves Barcelona, that he has no problems, and that it is not a question of money," he told AS. "The only thing is the project, which has to be reliable, and I know that Joan [Laporta, Barcelona president] is working on that.
"He has to enjoy the time he has left, football owes it to him, not just Barca. He has given us everything, he has to enjoy it and win titles.
"Messi is God and when you have a God, you just have to admire him."
Barca president Joan Laporta's optimism that Messi will stay could mean that several other players will have to leave the club, with LaLiga chief Javier Tebas having warned that the Spanish giants risk not being able to register the Argentine next season if they do not reduce their wage bill.
"Barcelona have exceeded their wage cap, I hope they can keep Messi, but to do so, they will have to make cuts elsewhere," Tebas said on Monday, according to ESPN.
Messi is currently on international duty with Argentina at the 2021 Copa America, and reached another milestone early on Tuesday morning when he equalled Javier Mascherano's record of 147 appearances for the country against Paraguay.
The forward will become the Albiceleste's most-capped player ever should he feature against Bolivia next week.
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